The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

29th May, 2016


Friend in Christ,

We are pleased to make available, with her kind permission, the reflections of Dr Anna Silvas on Amoris Laetitia.

Dr Silvas currently resides in Armidale, NSW, and is a member of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church, in union with Rome. She is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of New England, Australia, and also a Professorial Adjunct Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her undergraduate studies were in Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic/Syriac. Her research has concentrated on late antiquity, particularly on the Cappadocian Fathers, the development of Christian monasticism, the spirituality of ascetic women in early and medieval Christianity. Her published works include translation of ancient literature as well as monographs. Her magnum opus was a first critical edition of the Syriac Questions of the Brothers. She has also been associated with the JP Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne, where she is a sessional lecturer in the Catholic Tradition of sexuality, marriage and family.


Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Glen Tattersall


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We will observe the external Solemnity of Corpus Christi today. The Solemn Mass will be that of Corpus Christi, and Mass will be followed by a Eucharistic Procession, concluding with Solemn Benediction. Please do your best to be present at this Mass and Procession to honour and adore Our Lord present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and to bear public witness to His Real Presence. This is also a good occasion to invite friends and relatives to St Aloysius’.

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls this Friday, 3rd June. There will be Solemn Mass at 7 pm, followed by Benediction, including the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart (a plenary indulgence is attached). There will also be Eucharistic Exposition throughout the day, from 11 am – 6.30 pm. Please commit to a period of Adoration, using the roster in the vestibule or on line: day is also a special day for the sanctification of the clergy (by decree of Benedict XVI), so please keep this in your prayer intentions.

Newman Parish dinner dance – Saturday, 18th June: once again we return to the RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, for an enjoyable evening in the company of fellow parishioners. The evening runs from 7 pm – 11 pm. Choose from a delicious three or four course menu with the option of matched wines: $66 per person for 3 courses ($90 including wines), or $77 per person for 4 courses ($107 with wines). Bookings (including pre-payment) are essential. Book early to avoid disappointment. Please book as soon as possible to assist planning.Contact our Secretary, John Mardling, on John will also assist with processing your payment. Alternatively, it is possible to book after Sunday Mass.

Please note that there will be no EF Mass at the Cathedral this Wednesday.

The Newman Fellowship for young Catholics plans to meet on Saturday, 11th June, at 5 pm. The meeting will include discussion and planning for future events. Further details will be forthcoming. Anyone interested is invited to contact Stephen Elliston: 0468317359, or

Organ restoration – please donate: the historic Wolff organ, which for some years now has sounded the praises of God during Parish liturgies, is in urgent need of restoration. An appeal has now been launched launched to fund the restoration. The appeal target is $130,000. Donations to the organ appeal are tax deductible and may be made by cheque to “Organ Historical Trust – Wolff Appeal”, and sent to 233 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North, VIC 3161 with your name and a return address for a tax receipt. For detailed information on how to donate , visit here

Confirmations – Sunday, 25th September: the sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred in the Newman Parish on Sunday, 25th September, by His Lordship, Bishop Basil Meeking. Those parents who have already registered their children for Confirmation will be contacted in the near future. We also issue a final invitation to others in need of Confirmation to register with us as soon as possible. Please contact the Secretary.

Call for new servers: men and boys who have made their first Holy Communion are invited to join our Altar serving team. Full training is provided. Those interested are asked to contact Fr Tattersall. All servers under the age of 18 require parental permission.

You are invited to hear an address by Bradley Mattes, President and CEO of the Life Issues Institute. Topic: Men and Abortion The Life Issues Institute is internationally headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and its primary objective is to globally develop and disseminate effective pro-life educational material. Brad has done considerable anecdotal research on the effects of abortion on men, and his writings on this topic have been printed in US and international publications. Date & Time: Sunday 29 May from 2 to 4 pm Venue: Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne Tickets $15.00 - Book online: RSVP: Ann-Maree Kiely Mobile: 0447 352 252 or Email:


From the Parish Priest’s desk. (ctd from last week)

The following is the continuation of the article taken from Rorate Caeli, the International Traditional Catholic web log.

De Mattei - The current crisis in the context of Church history

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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Our YouTube Channel

Here you will find videos of parish events, with an emphasis on key homilies.

Bishop Meeking Holy Week Homilies

Bishop Meeking has visited us for Holy Week for five years in a row. Herein lie some of his marvellous homilies

Homily on our 10th Anniversary

Bishop Elliott celebrated Mass at St Aloysius' on 3rd February, 2013 to mark our 10th anniversary.